International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday released the latest ICC rankings for women’s cricket. Players from South Africa players have made huge laps inside the top five, on the most recent set of ICC Tyres ODI Player Rankings.
After dominating performances for the Proteas during their recent ODI series sweep over Ireland. The ICC issued new rankings on Tuesday, and glamorous opener Laura Wolvaardt and seasoned quick Ayabonga Khaka were the main winners.
Wolvaardt’s brilliant 89 in the third and final match in Dublin came at the perfect time, propelling the right-hander over Australia captain Meg Lanning and into fourth place in the newest batters rankings.
It was the only move for hitters inside the top 10, but fellow South African Lara Goodall, who was the series’ leading run-scorer with 143 runs, jumped 15 places to 43rd after an unbeaten 93 in the second match.
Ayabonga Khaka advances ahead of Jhulan Goswami
Khaka, meanwhile, made the most impact on the bowler rankings, jumping two places to fifth after a superb series against Ireland.
While Khaka only took two wickets in the series, the right-arm bowler proved virtually unplayable for many of Ireland’s inexperienced hitters, finishing with an incredible economy rate of just 1.40.
This propelled Khaka ahead of India’s Jhulan Goswami and veteran teammate Marizanne Kapp into fifth place in the current bowling rankings, trailing only England’s Sophie Ecclestone.
Sune Luus, the captain of South Africa, has climbed four places to ninth position in the all-rounder standings. Nat Sciver of England is still the best all-rounder in the world.
Following their outstanding performances in the second game, Ireland’s Sophie MacMahon (up 31 ranks to No.95) and Georgina Dempsey (up 56 spots to No.90) were among the top gainers in the batters table. Dempsey also improved his standing on the all-rounders’ rankings, climbing 22 ranks to 80th.
However, Arlene Kelly, who made gains across departments, is the highest mover from the Irish camp. She rose 52 places to No.146 in the batting order, 58 places to No.90 in the bowling order, and 53 places to No.94 in the all-rounder’s order.